Transy, LFCHD partnering to provide free Pfizer vaccination clinic

Transylvania University and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department are partnering to provide the FREE Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 years and older at a special clinic 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the William T. Young Campus Center (corner of W. Fourth Street and North Broadway). Please register at www.lfchd.org/vaccine (en español at www.lfchd.org/vacuna). For ages 12-17, a legal guardian MUST be present at the time of the shot.

Register here: https://tiny.lfchd.org/l?eventKey=355CC1BFBC783277628CAD8BAF085361

Registration information

  • Each recipient MUST register in advance.
  • You may enter up to 8 registrants per phone number or email address.
  • Registration will close when all appointment slots are full. 
  • If this is a first dose, a second dose will be needed in 21 days. You can call our Public Health Clinic at 859-288-2483 to schedule a same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
  • If you’ve already received a COVID-19 vaccine, please bring your vaccination card. If you do not have your card, please visit https://www.lfchd.org/covidreplacementcard/.
  • Parking is available in any university-designated parking area, including those at Graham Cottage Alumni House off Broadway between Kenilworth Court and W. Fifth Street and behind the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at the corner of W. Fourth and N. Upper streets.

Thank you for your interest in getting vaccinated. If you need assistance, please contact our call center at 859-899-2222.

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population

As of Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 the CDC has updated and shortened the recommended isolation and quarantine period for the general public.

The complete guidance update can be found on the CDC website. Learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html

Additional guidance documents from the KY DPH can be found here:

COVID-19 Patient Guidance

Have you been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19?

Dr. Joel McCullough to serve as new Commissioner of Health

Dr. Joel McCullough

Lexington will soon have a new Commissioner of Health: Dr. Joel McCullough formally accepted the job Wednesday after the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health approved his appointment Monday evening. Dr. McCullough, who previously served 8 years as Public Health Director and Health Officer for the Spokane (Washington) Regional Health District, will begin the post in early 2022.

“I look forward to being part of the community of Lexington and its world-class health department,” Dr. McCullough said. “I am honored the Board of Health put its faith in me to continue the mission of helping Lexington be well.”

Dr. McCullough replaces Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, who has served as commissioner of health since June 2016.

Dr. McCullough has extensive history in public health, including time as a medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as medical director of environmental health for the Chicago Department of Public Health.

“Lexington will continue with strong public health leadership with Dr. McCullough joining us as the next Commissioner of Health,” said Michael Friesen, chair of the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health. “We are excited about the next steps for public health in central Kentucky.”

Dr. McCullough earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington.

LFCHD unveils new mural at 650 Newtown Pike

Public health meets public art.

A colorful new mural greets guests, employees, patients and passers-by of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The department joined artist Jeremey Burch, LexArts, Mayor Linda Gorton and community leaders Thursday afternoon to formally unveil the mural at 650 Newtown Pike.

The mural project began in 2019 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The department returned to completing the mural project in 2021 after Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh announced his plans to retire at the end of the year.

“Dr. Humbaugh planted the seeds for this mural as a desire to update our building while also highlighting the importance of art and creation,” LFCHD spokesperson Kevin Hall said. “This mural celebrates the people who provide public health services to this community, as our mission says ‘helping Lexington be well.’ It also honors Dr. Humbaugh, not only for his initial idea but for helping lead this department throughout the pandemic. It’s a beautiful way to illustrate our values of caring, accountability, respect, equity and service.”

“Despite some challenges along the way, it’s a real pleasure to see this project come to fruition,” Dr. Humbaugh said. “Special thanks to our Board of Health and the selection committee who chose this outstanding design and to the artist himself for executing this work that embodies our mission and honors public health and the community’s commitment to health.”

The health department selected Burch, a Lexington artist, to paint the mural following public input from the community.

“I have been doing art my whole life, from painting to music and film,” Burch said. “What I love most is creating things that evoke feelings and hearing how my art has made them feel. The piece I have created showcases bright, vibrant representation of Lexington along with its wonderful community and the LFCHD’s values that extend out to the community and not only within the LFCHD itself.”

The health department thanks LexArts for its partnership throughout the project, Marrillia Design and Construction for donating labor to install the mural and Mike Burrell at Flying Armadillo signs for use of studio space and assistance with the project.

La vacuna de Pfizer COVID-19 para edades 5 a 11 años

Cuidadores, la mejor manera de mantener a su hijo protegido del COVID-19 es con una vacuna segura, efectiva y probada a fondo. Los efectos a largo plazo de un caso pediátrico de COVID pueden durar meses y ser graves; un brazo dolorido es el efecto secundario más común de la vacuna del COVID, la cual proporciona una protección duradera. ¡La mejor manera de proteger a su hijo contra el COVID-19, incluyendo la variante Delta, es vacunándolo!

Clínica de Salud Pública

La vacuna Pfizer COVID-19 para las edades de 5 a 11 años está disponible con cita previa el mismo día en nuestra Clínica de Salud Pública en 650 Newtown Pike. ¡Llame al 859-288-2483 para hacer su cita el mismo día todos los lunes, miércoles y viernes! Un tutor legal DEBE estar presente en el momento de la inyección.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 years

(En español) Caregivers, the best way to keep your child safe is with the safe, effective, thoroughly tested COVID-19 vaccine. The long-term effects of a pediatric COVID case can be serious and last months; the most common side-effect of the COVID vaccine, which provides lasting protection, is a sore arm. The best way to protect your child against COVID-19, including the Delta variant, is to get them vaccinated! Learn more about the vaccine here: CDC Information Page for Caregivers.

Public Health Clinic

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 years will be available by same-day appointment in our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule your same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday and Friday! A legal guardian MUST be present at the time of the shot.

Caregivers, the best way to keep your child protected from COVID-19 is with the safe effective, thoroughly tested vaccine. The long-term effects of a pediatric COVID case can be serious and last months; the most common side-effect of the COVID vaccine, which provides lasting protection, is a sore arm. The best way to protect your child against COVID-19, including the Delta variant, is to get them vaccinated!

Learn more about the vaccine in this FAQ from the American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/The-Science-Behind-the-COVID-19-Vaccine-Parent-FAQs.aspx.

Vax Facts!

Protect the community through vax facts!

Misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines is dangerous. Learn more about claims that have been repeatedly proven false during the pandemic:

  • https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-myth-versus-fact?amp=true
  • https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/featured-topic/11-covid-19-myths-debunked
  • https://doh.sd.gov/documents/COVID19/Vaccine/COVID_VaxMyths.pdf
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

Anyone who talks about public health becomes a public health communicator, and more people talking about the facts will help Lexington. Share our information to help spread the word so more people hear the facts about COVID-19 and the vaccines!

Thanks, Lexington! 

Clínica será SOLO para las edades de 5-11 años

Cuidadores, la mejor manera de mantener a su hijo protegido del COVID-19 es con una vacuna segura, efectiva y probada a fondo. Los efectos a largo plazo de un caso pediátrico de COVID pueden durar meses y ser graves; un brazo dolorido es el efecto secundario más común de la vacuna del COVID, la cualproporciona una protección duradera. ¡La mejor manera de proteger a su hijo contra el COVID-19, incluyendo la variante Delta, es vacunándolo!

Los niños de edades de 5 a 11 años pueden recibir la vacuna GRATUITA de Pfizer del COVID-19 en una clínica especial el miércoles 10 de noviembre de 3-6 p.m. en la Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road. No se aceptarán personas sin cita. Un guardián legal DEBE estar presente en el momento de la inyección.

Regístrese aquí: https://tiny.lfchd.org/l?eventKey=1D3AFC26BF2B7CFE9D363389BE305770&lang=sp

Debido a las diferencias en la dosis por la edad de este grupo, esta clínica será SOLO para las edades de 5-11 años.

Información de registro

  • Cada destinatario DEBE registrarse con anticipación.
  • La inscripción se cerrará cuando todas las citas estén llenas. Cada persona que asista a la clínica DEBE estar registrada con anticipación.
  • Se necesitará una segunda dosis en 21 días. Nos comunicaremos con usted más cerca de ese momento para programar la segunda dosis de la vacuna.
  • Gracias por su interés en vacunarse. Si necesita ayuda, llame a nuestro centro de llamadas al 859-899-2222.

Aprenda más sobre la vacuna en estas preguntas frecuentes (FAQ) de la Academia Americana de Pediatría: La Ciencia Detrás de las Vacunas del COVID-19 (articulo en inglés) www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/The-Science-Behind-the-COVID-19-Vaccine-Parent-FAQs.aspx.